"A cor do hibisco" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

February 09 2021

Opinion article

"A cor do hibisco" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Kambili's day-to-day life is regulated by schedules: pray, sleep, study and pray even more. Her life is privileged but the family atmosphere is tense. Her father has unrealistic expectations for his wife and children and punishes them severely when they are less than perfect. When a military coup threatens to bring Nigeria down, Kambili's father sends her, along with her brother, to their aunt's house. It is there, in this house full of energy and laughter, that she discovers a whole new world where books are not forbidden, the aromas of curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and the joy of her cousins echoes. This visit will awaken her to life and love and end the suffocating silence that gagged her for good. But her disobedience will have unexpected consequences.

 

This is our weekly choice for Upper School. A beautiful work on freedom, love and hate, and the fine line that separates childhood from adulthood.
 
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"A cor do hibisco" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie